My Space Anchor ebook is free TODAY ONLY as an early xmas present to all my readers.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Anchor-Ian-Pearson-ebook/dp/B00E9X02IE for UK readers
It is a not-too-serious book, set towards the end of this century, and is first one I have written on the adventures of Carbon Girl and her partner Carbon Man, who manage to make an entire superhero lifestyle using carbon and not much else. Although it is meant to be a bit light-hearted, most of the tech in it is supposed to be reasonably plausible. I have had to make a couple of concession to artistic license for the space bits – a sad fact of life in sci-fi is that if you want ships to go any distance in a short period, you have to invent some pseudo-scientific way of side-stepping what we currently think of as basic physics. It has AI romance and zombies in it too.
With recent complaints in the media that most sci-fi has a severe shortage of female characters, my book tries to improve the balance a bit, and uses Carbon Girl as its main character.
I’m in the button pushing process of publication now on a new book, called Total Sustainability. The title is self explanatory, but to expand on it, I don’t just look at purely environmental concerns but humanity, including our approach to the environment and the many indirect ways we impact on it via our culture. I look at increasing population and the demands for resources. I consider politics, whether it might be time to consider dual democracy now in the light of the growing gulf between left and right ideology. I look at human culture, the nature of tribalism, erosion of privacy, the processes of political correctness, the pursuit of wisdom and the slide into a random walk for values. I look at the economy, how we can redesign it to make it work better, fixing taxation and welfare, flat taxes and citizen wages. In particular I look at the processes of exploitation and what we could do about that.
It is now available via Amazon, both as paper, using print-on-demand and as an ebook.